The Diocese of Gaylord is blessed to currently have 12 exceptional and motivated men studying for the priesthood in hopes of serving the Church here in northern Michigan. The cost of education for this group of seminarians is very high, but the need for more clergy in our geographically expansive diocese continues. As Catholic donors in our diocese have seen this ongoing need and its related cost, they have stepped up their efforts to help by contributing to the vocations endowment through the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF).
Last August, NMCF Board President Joel Myler and his wife Mary Beth graciously hosted an event at their home in order to help attendees learn more about how the NMCF serves the Church by supporting vocations. Featured at the event were several seminarians who spoke about their discernment to the priesthood, moving many attendees to ask how they could help.
In the following months, the vocations endowment received two substantial estate gifts of $50,000 each, left by retired priests who wanted to ensure that the Diocese of Gaylord is able to continue educating future priests not only today, but also 100 years from now.
More recently, the Notre Dame Club of Traverse City made vocations the focus of their regular meeting with each attendee making a contribution. Club members presented Bishop Hebda with a check for $3,000.
Gifts designated for vocations in the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation help to educate future priests to serve the many parishes of our diocese. On average, the cost to do so is $36,000-$38,000 per year for each seminarian and is paid for by funds from the annual Catholic Services Appeal. Gifts designated for vocations in the NMCF help alleviate some of that cost by growing the endowment and generating more interest. Currently the NMCF vocations endowment has about $2 million dollars, which will generate enough interest to cover the cost of 3 seminarians per year. As the endowment continues to grow, so will our diocesan vocations program and our ability to educate more future priests. If you are interested in helping to make sure that funding for educating seminarians is here not only today, but tomorrow and beyond, please consider making a gift to the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation today. For more information, please contact Executive Director Danielle Parish at (989) 732.5147 or email@example.com.